Guest Post: Philippa Martyr – The Potential Greatness Deadline – 15 September 2017

I have been a consistent critic of Malcolm Turnbull pretty much from Day 1. For those of you who are curious, Day 1 was when I woke up in London on Monday 14 September 2015 to find that I had been out of the country for barely a week before someone rolled the elected Prime Minister.

I lived in the UK for most of the 2000s and so I missed the opportunity to study Turnbull up close back then. Since I’ve been back, I’ve made up for that. Turnbull’s track record is in fact far more colourful than I’d anticipated, and littered with epic fails, handled with the kind of personality traits you sometimes find described in DSM-V. He has also failed to show any real commitment to sound economic policies or practices.

Sinclair Davidson believes that Malcolm Turnbull, given time, could be a potentially great Prime Minister. I believe that, given time, Tony Abbott could also have been a potentially great Prime Minister.

That doesn’t mean I want Abbott back in the job. Far from it. But if we’re going to give people chances in the PM’s job, and then roll them when they fail, then we need to proceed along open and transparent lines.

So I am proposing a challenge – or perhaps an experiment.

We will give Malcolm Turnbull precisely the same amount of time Tony Abbott was given in the top job to demonstrate his potential greatness.

The clock started ticking for Turnbull on 15 September 2015.  So he has until 15 September 2017 to demonstrate that he really is a potentially great Prime Minister.

I want to invite the Cats – including the Perfesser, of course – to set the criteria by which Turnbull’s greatness should be judged.

Abbott’s government was elected with a generous majority and faced a basket-case Senate. Turnbull’s has been elected with a slim majority and potentially faces a basket-case Senate.

Yet the Abbott government, for all its other failings (which were many, and no, I don’t want him back, just in case you missed that the first time round) at least introduced a strong anti-illegal immigration policy that saved lives and stopped the boats. His government was also able to repeal the carbon tax and the mining tax despite the basket-case Senate.

Please don’t give me a list of the Abbott government’s failures, because I’m well aware of them. Instead, give me a list of things that Malcolm Turnbull could or should do to convince you that he’s going to be the right man for the job.

Sinclair Davidson has the most confidence in him, so he should really kick this list off for us. And aussiepundit, we are waiting to take your call.

What actions and achievements would Cats accept as evidence that Malcolm Turnbull is a potentially great Prime Minister? He has already had 301 days in the job; he has 430 days left.

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137 Responses to Guest Post: Philippa Martyr – The Potential Greatness Deadline – 15 September 2017

  1. stackja

    First, MT should accept his limitations in communication skills.

  2. James

    Why give him 4 more days. Should be 11 Sept 2017.

    Da Turd To Do List:

    Budget Repair
    18c Repeal

  3. Fisky

    Nothing will pass the Senate.

  4. Arnost

    Abbott introduced the Repeal (Cutting Red Tape) Days where redundant and excessively bureaucratic compliance taxing legislation and statutes were identified and repealed. I thought this was a great step towards ensmallening government and reducing costs… [Abbott does not get an awful lot of credit or recognition for this…]

    https://www.cuttingredtape.gov.au/

    A measure of success would be that Turnbull matches this? [But am not holding my breath as about the only thing Turnbull has repealed is Abbott’ repeal legislation this year 🙂 !]

  5. Paul

    Turnbull has 2 major problems:
    1. Things he doesn’t do
    2. Things he does do.
    He has one big advantage over Abbott at this equivalent point of time at the last election, and that is he has made few promises, whereas Abbott locked himself into situations.
    1. Don’t do: super changes; don’t go further to the left (which can encompass many things.)
    2. Do: Cut the ABC, commercialize it like SBS, thus slashing it’s funding; Slash more government spending; get rid of those Treasury e-communists who keep saying how well the economy will perform, but it doesn’t; remove greenies/communists/socialists from all government positions; remove all renewable energy subsidies; bring the costs of living down; Bring back capitalism by removing Corporatism and corporate welfare.
    These are just for starters.

  6. Why give him 4 more days. Should be 11 Sept 2017.

    I did this because I am at heart a kindly soul. Also because I have had such a lot of fun at Lord Waffle’s expense here. So I thought I’d give him a bit of a break.

  7. Tintarella di Luna

    To do list for Malcolm Turnbull to prove that he is worthy of being Australian Prime Minister:

    1. Repeal the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1983 and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1983 and abolish the ABC as a media entity except for regional and remote Australia
    2. Repeal the Australian Human Rights Commission Act, 1986 and abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission
    3. Legislate for the Australian Citizens Rights and Responsibilities Act enabling one Commissioner to oversee that Act with the power to prosecute and compel compliance.
    4. Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, 1975

    That would be a start to budget repair as well as societal repair.

  8. RG1947

    Reviving the ABCC would be an achievement.
    But since that’s unlikely I’d like to see a bit of good old-fashioned union bashing.
    TURC made the weapons available.

  9. Nothing will pass the Senate.

    Well, some things will.

    Mostly anything that increases the size of the trough.

    But shouldn’t Turnbull at least try? I always criticised Abbott for not even trying to repeal 18C, even though he knew the Senate would chew it up and spit it out.

  10. thefrolickingmole

    At this stage Id settle for staving off cannibalism is the upcoming collapse and Mad max style future awaiting us.

  11. Tintarella di Luna

    List for the budget repair:

    1. Do not proceed with the changes to superannuation
    2. Remove all power to grant funds by government agencies for hollow log stuff – start with whatever is promoted by the luvvies at ABFCN.
    3. Proper accountability for all funding provided to government and non-government bodies with KPIs provided by those whose lives are supposed to have been ameliorated by the funds. Education would be a good start.
    4. All university entry must be on merit – i.e. by Commonwealth Scholarship or pay your own way – no loan from the government unless by indenture for 5 years to repay the money expended by the taxpayer on your education and you must go wherever the hell you’re needed/sent or you buy your way out of the Indenture.
    5. A complete overhaul of what passes for course of study at university.

    Thanks Philippa

  12. Tintarella di Luna

    The immediate withdrawal of every cent of Federal funding for the Safe School program and an ultimatum that for every cent the States put into the program will be deducted from their grant in aid for education.

  13. Motelier

    Just one.

    I have struggled with this since your post this morning on the OT.

    So just one.

    A statement from the Treasurer (whomever that may be) in the budget papers. “The budget surplus we achieved financial year is a result of hard work by all members of the LNP.”

    I can dream. Am I allowed to dream?

  14. I Am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    The ‘First Philippic’, eh?

    1. Introduce a bill to repeal 18C to the House of Reps.

    2. Revive the ABCC (as someone else mentioned upthread).

    3. Stop the growth in government expenditure – notice I didn’t say cut expenditure, just zero growth.

    4. Introduce a bill to cut income taxes, paid for by stopping growth in expenditure.

    5. Cut debt, paid for by cutting growth in expenditure.

    That’ll do for a start.

    Probability of any one of these things happening is zero, I think. But worth setting out.

  15. Jessie

    Where are we on the IPA’s list of 75 +25 ‘radical ideas’ Philippa?

    75
    +25

  16. Turnbull announces. Then flounces. And pretty soon the Left trounces.

    This is no game. What Turnbull believes or intends does not matter. It does not matter what we challenge him to achieve.

    Turnbull is supine. He is inactive. We just had a Federal election and he did not fight it. If he can’t fight that, what can he fight?

    No time for experiment. He just has to go, and quickly, not because he betrayed or because he lacks touch or the because the base does not like him. None of these things have to disqualify a leader, since all leaders are flawed in such or other ways. I am flawed in such or other ways. Many a rogue or even fool has governed better than many a good man – not that we should encourage rogues and fools.

    Turnbull has to go because, in an increasingly naughty world, he does not ACT. Do people like Miranda and Sinclair, with all their talk of delcons, not see this?

    Who ever heard of a PM who knifes and flatters his way to the top then doesn’t bother to fight an election? If Johnathon Thurston has the ball in hand with a clear run to the line does he just stand there?

    Malcolm, who is hardly a political Thurston, just stood there.

  17. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Tinta’s proposals make a lot of sense.

    I’d give Malcolm four weeks, no longer, to start work on these two social issues:

    1. Freedom of Speech: Removal of 18C and abolition of current HRC.
    2. Education Reform: Defund Unsafe Schools as Tinta suggests and set up an enquiry into Journalism curricula (headed up by Andrew Bolt and Paul Murray – same as they do, put the mates in charge).

    This would reassure the lost base that he was listening intended to change.
    He can use his magic tongue on the Senate. Start by complimenting Hanson on her win.

  18. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Turnbull has to go because, in an increasingly naughty world, he does not ACT.

    Which is why I’d say four weeks, max, to get moving.
    He may have all the time in the world, but Australia does not.

  19. Fisky

    I doubt Turnbull will last two September 2017. Not based on his form.

  20. Fisky

    1. Freedom of Speech: Removal of 18C and abolition of current HRC.

    No chance of passing the Senate.

    2. Education Reform: Defund Unsafe Schools as Tinta suggests and set up an enquiry into Journalism curricula (headed up by Andrew Bolt and Paul Murray – same as they do, put the mates in charge).

    Depends whether it’s a regulatory matter or requires legislation. If the latter, see above.

  21. Eddystone

    Defund “Safe Schools”.
    Tip all this SSM bullshit into the forgettery.
    Scrap mandatory renewable energy targets.
    Scrap the Racial Discrimination Act.
    Scrap the National Firearms Agreement.
    Tighten up the DSP criteria, and make everyone apply again.
    Ditto the dole.
    Fund education via vouchers.
    Get the Commonwealth out of medicine. (Note, I didn’t call it “Health”, because it has little to do with health as it stands.)

    I could go on, but if Malcolm could tick a few of those off, I’d be quite pleased.

  22. Baldrick

    Considering the AbbottBeast government
    – stopped the boats
    – repealed the carbon dioxide and mining taxes
    – sold off Medibank Private
    which are fairly big accomplishments, I’m thinking that for Malturd to get the same runs on the board he’ll have to:
    – stop the spending ($85 billion over budget this financial year alone)
    – repeal 18c
    – sell off the ABC and SBS.

  23. Makka

    Frankly, I don’t want Malturd to do ANYTHING. I want him to just stay in one place, do nothing , attempt nothing and wait patiently for the bus to run him over (NADT).

    Everything this dithering snob has done or attempted has turned to shyte. The sooner we are rid of him as PM and in politics the better.

  24. Fisky

    Turnbull has no hope of being great. He doesn’t have the judgement or sense of strategy, let alone the numbers in the Senate. However, he does have a chance of being good, or at least better than anything else on offer.

    Forget legislation, that’s just not going to happen – it will all come down to how he uses his regulatory powers, what key appointments he makes, what he achieves in foreign policy where he has a freer hand, and whether he does nothing to harm Abbott’s legacy.

  25. Fisky

    Frankly, I don’t want Malturd to do ANYTHING. I want him to just stay in one place, do nothing , attempt nothing and wait patiently for the bus to run him over (NADT).

    That’s what I would prefer too. At least he won’t stuff anything up that way.

  26. sabrina

    As long as he does not tell one thing before the election and does a backflip after the election without reason, he is fine. Apart from being competent, we need a PM who is not a liar.

  27. Fisky

    I would be happy if he simply kept the borders intact and went ahead with the SSM plebiscite. That will be enough.

  28. sabena

    Two words-
    Reduce spending

  29. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Frankly, I don’t want Malturd to do ANYTHING.

    I’d say the same, except there is now far too much that needs to be unwound.

    A key metric for me would be the thickness (in 80 g/m² A4, double spaced 12 point type) of all current federal legislation currently in effect.

    Publish the figure at least quarterly; preferably monthly.

  30. DrBeauGan

    Sinc’s criterion was along the lines of ten years from now most of us in the pubs would agree that MT was up there with Howard. For anyone to be able to say that, Australia would surely have to be in surplus, unemployment would be low, the crime rate would have to be low, interest rates would be around 5%, incomes increasing and personal wealth increasing all this under Turnbull’s tenure.

    Best of luck with that doomlord.

  31. Makka

    OSB and the SSM plebiscite are already working or in the works. All he has to do is keep his hands off them. This cretin has the reverse Midas touch. He should be locked away in a closet in PH until the Libs figure out how to get rid of him sans furore.

  32. Simon/other

    How about he just wins an election with a majority in both houses of parliament. Everything else is just garnish. He can’t achieve anything useful without doing this first so it has to be number one on the list.

  33. Peter

    Passes both Double Dissolution Bills, Registered Organisations and ABCC in joint sitting.

  34. Andysaurus

    1. Repeal 18c.
    2. Repeal as many regulations as Tony did.
    3. Halve the number of QANGOS.
    4. Reduce Government spending and balance the budget. (Go to David L from the Lib Dems for some ideas).
    5. Remove all green legislation that increases the price of electricity.
    6. Make states pay for themselves by setting individual income tax rates. Let mendicants like SA and Tasmania starve until they understand economics.
    7. Abandon all discussion of all fad issues that detract from important issues, e.g.:
    i. Single sex marriage
    ii. Recognition of Aboriginals as a separate race in the constitution.
    8. Cut company tax.
    9. Support sensible energy policies, such as:
    i. Construction of coal fired power stations
    ii. Fraking
    iii. Nuclear power.

    I know some of these have been suggested above, these are just my priorities.
    I can dream can’t I?

  35. You are indeed a kind soul Philippa
    Much kinder that I
    All I want is to take a burnt stick
    And poke him in the eye

  36. Goanna

    Malcolm Turnbull would be a great Prime Minister if he was to initiate a divorce from the United Nations.

  37. Jeremy

    First test! Do not accept the help of the Labor party to raise taxes (superannuation changes) as your first act. Tony Abbott fell into this trap. The Labor Party and most of the crossbench will always help you raise tax. Turnbull needs to reduce spending.

  38. Lysander

    Based on your (Zen) equal rules Philippa, I will judge Mao on whether he will be good enough to give Abbott a Ministry as Abbott was good enough to give him one.

  39. Carbon Emitter

    Andysaurus
    #2088667, posted on July 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    1. Repeal 18c.
    2. Repeal as many regulations as Tony did.
    3. Halve the number of QANGOS.
    4. Reduce Government spending and balance the budget. (Go to David L from the Lib Dems for some ideas).
    5. Remove all green legislation that increases the price of electricity.
    6. Make states pay for themselves by setting individual income tax rates. Let mendicants like SA and Tasmania starve until they understand economics.
    7. Abandon all discussion of all fad issues that detract from important issues, e.g.:
    i. Single sex marriage
    ii. Recognition of Aboriginals as a separate race in the constitution.
    8. Cut company tax.
    9. Support sensible energy policies, such as:
    i. Construction of coal fired power stations
    ii. Fraking
    iii. Nuclear power.

    I know some of these have been suggested above, these are just my priorities.
    I can dream can’t I?

    YES, Yes, Yes and Yes to all!

  40. Turtle of WA

    Well said Philippa. I’m on board.

    I was getting emails from Turncoat before Abbott even won an election. In WA. Devious —-.

    I always said that we don’t need another Malcolm. One was too many.

    I agree with most of the suggestions above, but would add the “carbon tax by stealth” that Hunt pushed through.

  41. Muddy

    Dr. Martyr. You are familiar with personality disorders, yes? And you are seriously expecting change from an individual who may not possess the capacity for such change?
    I’m neither the coolest nor the smartest feline in the cattery by any means, but what am I missing here? The man, along with his party, is a political corpse, contributing nothing to the advancement of our country.
    By not lustily singing the chorus of THE LIBERAL PARTY IS DEAD, the Liberal Party is dead, you and others here are signalling, loud and clear, your satisfaction with mediocrity.

  42. Fisky

    Pushing nuclear power could be a Malcontent thought bubble that might just go somewhere. The Labor Party’s opposition to it has softened considerably. Of course, you wouldn’t want Malcolm anywhere near the actual implementation of nuclear power, but he could get the idea off the ground at least. It’s the kind of thing that appeals to his ego.

  43. Harald

    I can list some things to do, but Turnbull is not going to do any of them unless he’s forced into it.

    Take reforming 18C. He won’t.
    Cutting spending? Fat chance.
    Lowering taxes, especially the income tax? – he probably couldn’t even make the case, much less want to if told how.
    Embrace the Brexit to re-energise the Anglo sphere? Perhaps, but very reluctantly.
    Realistically deal with (the threat originating from) Islam? Right…
    Get rid of green tape? Hahaha.
    Get into union corruption and start fixing it? Never mentioned during the campaign.
    Broom out Fair Work? *crickets*
    Get rid of penalty rates, lower the minimum wage?
    Review visa restrictions on visa-holders and how that impacts Australian job markets.

    What would Turnbull have to do to be “a potentially great PM”? Simple: Match Abbott’s performance. Since Abbott was a dud PM according to the Turnbull-camp, that should not be to much to ask, right?

    So that’s where I put the bar: match Abbot and do 3 clearly worthwhile things during the first year.

    Pick any 3 on the list, for example – surprise me.

  44. Nanuestalker

    Sinclair Davidson has the most confidence in him, so he should really kick this list off for us.

    No need, m0nty’s dad doesn’t think greatest is achieved, it just happens with time:

    The goddess of the eternal court of history will confirm

    As some mentioned on another thread, perhaps greatness is achieved by keeping Labor out of the PM’s office so lets not set the bar to high, besides greatness is easily qualified:

    The goddess of the eternal court of history confirms that Julia Gillard is Australia’s greatest female PM.

  45. Muddy

    The Liberal Party is dead,
    The Liberal Party is dead.
    It doesn’t matter if it splits and splatters
    when you step on the head,
    ‘Cos the Liberal Party is Dead.

  46. Tintarella di Luna

    By not lustily singing the chorus of THE LIBERAL PARTY IS DEAD, the Liberal Party is dead, you and others here are signalling, loud and clear, your satisfaction with mediocrity.

    Muddy don’t think that just because some cats have contributed to Dr Martyr’s benevolence and patience, that that means we do not still believe the LIBERAL PARTY IS DEAD. I still believe the Liberal Party is dead but I needed some distraction this afternoon and thought I’d contribute. If you whistle I can passably carry a tune. How does it go Muddy?

  47. Tintarella di Luna

    The Liberal Party is dead,
    The Liberal Party is dead.
    It doesn’t matter if it splits and splatters
    when you step on the head,
    ‘Cos the Liberal Party is Dead.

    Hmmmm yersss

  48. Tintarella di Luna

    The goddess of the eternal court of history confirms that Julia Gillard is Australia’s greatest grateiest female PM.

    I think there was an adjective malfunction in that sentence.

  49. Muddy

    A corpse that walks and talks of course
    is only a tune in your head,
    so dust off your spade
    and find a fine day,
    The Liberal Party is Dead.

  50. Nic

    1. For he and Lucy to wipe those shit eating grins off their faces

  51. Delta A

    Turnbull needs to tackle some genuinely hard issues such as reeling in middle class welfare, double dipping on PPL and tightening pension eligibility. Also he must address multiple family welfare payments to those within the community who believe it their right to have multiple wives and families.

    At the very least, he must stop DSP for jihadis fighting with ISIS.

  52. Muddy

    Tinta – Some but type of jaunty showtune methinks. Sung by the oompa-loompas from “Charlie and the Chocoholic Self-Help Group” or something.

  53. Muddy

    Extra words appearing from the chocolate ooze. Sigh.

  54. Fisky

    Barnaby confirms the Nats have got another cabinet spot. Great news!

  55. Bela Bartok

    At the risk of repetition:
    – remove 18C, annul Bolt’s conviction and sue Cindy Prior for vexatious litigation
    – close HRC
    – reinstitute ABCC
    – cut ABC funding by 1/2
    – cut any RET funding entirely
    – sack Arts Council and similar quangos and stack with real conservatives
    – cut govt expenditure by 10% (per annum until it reaches 1/2 of what it is now)
    – cancel all DSP and force re-application
    – end any superannuation changes
    – sack non-performing ministers
    – end safe schools and fire everyone involved
    – review entire school curriculum
    – introduce GP co-payment and charge for non-emergency visits to emergency rooms in public hospitals
    – introduce co-payment for all public education
    – -cut company tax rate
    – cut personal tax rates
    – cut dole, end after 26 weeks
    – defund and ‘nudge’ or ‘social’ govt program

    That’s off the top of my head

  56. Bela Bartok

    Defund any, sorry

  57. Artist Formerly Known As Infidel Tiger

    Cut my taxes.
    Save dog racing.
    Makes smokes and booze cheaper.
    Put my bins out.

    You get my vote.

  58. H B Bear

    The goddess of the eternal court of history confirms that Julia Gillard is Australia’s greatest female PM.

    Gillard was Australia’s greatest Fabian PM. The Liberals are still working on implementing the NDIS.

  59. Frank

    He won’t get better. I just hope nothing serious (requiring Churchillian oratory) happens while he is running the show.

  60. strange

    “I believe that, given time, Tony Abbott could also have been a potentially great Prime Minister.”

    They say that given enough time a monkey a hitting a keyboard could type the complete works of Shakespeare.

  61. Eddystone

    I remember Sinc said something like;

    1- In retrospect, we all now acknowledge Howard to have been a great PM, no matter that we disagreed with him at the time.

    2- Given time, we will see that Turnbull has been a great PM.

    Well I disagree with one, for a start.

    Sure, Howard did some really good things, and they should be acknowledged, but he did fall for the trap of trying to buy votes using our money, courtesy of the rivers of gold that flowed in from the GST.

    He also increased the power of the State relative to the citizens by pushing through the National Firearms Agreement, which barred self defence as a reason to legally own a firearm.

    He used the Port Arthur massacre for his own political ends, against the advice of State Police Ministers, and, in “Lazarus Rising”, cited the work of Philip Alpers (!) as justifying that action.

    As for two, Turnbull doesn’t seem to have the grit that Howard had. If he turns out to be a great PM, we will all cheer, but for some reason he doesn’t seem to have begun laying the groundwork yet.

    Better get cracking, Malcolm!

  62. Tintarella di Luna

    A corpse that walks and talks of course
    is only a tune in your head,
    so dust off your spade
    and find a fine day,
    The Liberal Party is Dead.

    I was thinking of the music to the Mr Ed theme —

    The party’s a walking corpse of course
    The leader’s on an unsteady course (think perambulator Malfunction)
    That is because we know of course
    The Liberal Party’s dead.

  63. Makka

    Everyone wishing Malturd would do something will rue the day if he ever actually turns his full and envious talents to doing it. Especially the seriously important stuff mentioned. Unless it’s to betray somebody, there is nothing in political life that Malturd has not managed to fk up completely. Malturd as PM is like giving the nuke codes to Rodney Dangerfield.

  64. Tintarella di Luna

    A corpse that walks and talks of course
    is only a tune in your head,
    so dust off your spade
    and find a fine day,
    The Liberal Party is Dead.

    Muddy I was thinking along the lines of the Mr Ed theme

    The Liberal party’s a walking corpse
    The leader’s too clueless to know, of course
    Not able to set a steady course
    The LIBERAL PARTY’S DEAD

    I’ve tried this before – apologies if it appears twice or thrice

  65. Tintarella di Luna

    Muddy my efforts are caught in the spaminator, not sure why checked spelling of name and email address but I was thinking of the Mr Ed theme song for your efforts.

  66. Sinc’s criterion was along the lines of ten years from now most of us in the pubs would agree that MT was up there with Howard.

    The same could have been said for Abbott. But he wasn’t given 10 years. He was given 2 (more or less).

    No one has crystal balls here … This is why I wanted this challenge posted in writing, so I can keep an eye on it and see how he’s tracking.

  67. “I believe that, given time, Tony Abbott could also have been a potentially great Prime Minister.”

    They say that given enough time a monkey a hitting a keyboard could type the complete works of Shakespeare.

    Now, now. I especially said I didn’t want a litany of Abbott’s faults. I could write a better one than most of youse anyway.

    I want lists. And now I have them. Plus have had a good laugh this afternoon.

    1. For he and Lucy to wipe those shit eating grins off their faces

    Nic – sir or madam, you win the internet for today.

  68. What would Turnbull have to do to be “a potentially great PM”? Simple: Match Abbott’s performance. Since Abbott was a dud PM according to the Turnbull-camp, that should not be to much to ask, right?

    Yes. And according to George Brandis, they have a mandate of such overwhelmingness that it’s painful to look at it without sunglasses.

    So knock yourselves out.

  69. Rabz

    The clock started ticking for Turnbull on 15 September 2015. So he has until 15 September 2017 to demonstrate that he really is a potentially great Prime Minister.

    There is nothing I could add here that wouldn’t be within the realms of fantasy.

    Apart from, he’s a staggeringly incompetent, do nothing leftist dud who torched a 30 seat house of reps majority in the space of less than one parliamentary term.

    Remember, the preposterous waffling windbag was installed in the first place precisely to prevent such occurrence.

    He should resign and if he won’t, he should be unceremoniously punted into orbit by the surviving MPs – think of your futures at that taxpayer trough, fellas – if the Waffler remains, you’re all be wrenched away from its mighty goodness sooner than you think.

  70. Abbott introduced the Repeal (Cutting Red Tape) Days where redundant and excessively bureaucratic compliance taxing legislation and statutes were identified and repealed. I thought this was a great step towards ensmallening government and reducing costs… [Abbott does not get an awful lot of credit or recognition for this…]

    This was a complete con, sleight of hand, scam. In most cases all that got “identified and repealed” were long dead scraps of legislation, that were way past their use by date, and hadn’t served any useful purpose in years, sometimes decades.

  71. Nanuestalker

    OK, I thought of one:

    1. Labiaplasty of Turnbull’s ears

  72. You are indeed a kind soul Philippa
    Much kinder that I
    All I want is to take a burnt stick
    And poke him in the eye

    Me too, darl.

    But fair’s fair.

    I really want to see Sinc’s list of criteria for greatness. So far, all I’ve seen is:

    ‘He isn’t a Labor PM and will stop them stealing my money.’

    Nor was Tony Abbott, and there is no guarantee that Abbott wouldn’t have returned the same kind of election result. No one knows this, so there’s no point speculating.

    It also sets the bar pitifully low. As I said on the other thread, by this criterion, Billy McMahon was a Great Prime Minister.

  73. Delta A

    And well done, Philippa. You’ve made us identify our grievances (politically speaking) and offer concrete solutions… no matter how pie-in-the-sky they might seem.

  74. Delta A

    And ooh, yes! I’ve just identified that trait which would make The Waffling Fop a possible best PM evah!

    He has to read the Cat, every day, and incorporate at least 30% of the wisdom therein into his agile and innovative policy.

  75. A truly great Prime Minister eh? Reform the public service.

    1) – Reduce all pay levels, perks and conditions to the industry average for equivalent work.
    2) – Make all public servants personally civilly liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of personal nonfeasance (neglect of duty).
    3) – Make all public servants liable for criminal prosecution and personally civilly liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of personal misfeasance or malfeasance, including collusion.

    Once the public service is cleaned up, pretty-much all else will follow.

  76. thefrolickingmole

    How Mao could become a deadset legend.

    Shut down the ABC and transfer all the funding into re-homing greyhounds and a “greyhound buyback scheme” for the current owners of dishlickers.

    $50,000 a dog will do.

    And get the blathering idiot from Animals Australia to be in charge of dishing out the money so shes to busy to pay another butcher in Indo/Vietnam to abuse an animal for money.

  77. Bela Bartok

    Since I’m in the mood:
    Rant
    – ban all further Muslim immigration
    – deport any Muslim evil doers, to anywhere I don’t care
    – royal commission into Islam (thanks Pauline ) maybe expanding to the halal Rort, their education Rort, and immediately cease funding any Muslim association.
    – bring back the Australian flag at school and make the national anthem compulsory in schools – kick out those who refuse
    – end segregation of sexes, and prosecute those who continue to do it (swimming pools, gyms, mosques)

    /rant

  78. strange

    to set the criteria by which Turnbull’s greatness should be judged.

    Just use Turnbull’s own criteria, that was enough to sink Abbott – you remember? A government of no surprises and no excuses and “governments should not and must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards”

    To make a start for Turnbull
    1. respecting the intelligence of voters and not resorting to slogans – already a fail
    2. 25mbps NBN for all homes and businesses by the end of 2016 – will not deliver, a fail
    3.the GP rebate freeze won’t lead to higher health costs – the laws of economics are now suspended
    4. $50b tax cut – highly unlikely
    5. Not trailing in the polls – we will see how that goes – now 50/50
    6. jobs and growth – a slogan is not a plan

  79. calli

    Philippa Martyr
    #2088604, posted on July 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm
    Why give him 4 more days. Should be 11 Sept 2017.

    I did this because I am at heart a kindly soul. Also because I have had such a lot of fun at Lord Waffle’s expense here. So I thought I’d give him a bit of a break.

    You are a kind soul.

    I, however, am evil. I believe there are superannuation implications based on his term as PM (covered here when TA was given the DCM). The same period of time and not one second more.

    He is a very rich man. He can afford to do without.

  80. strange

    Ha , ha, ha. Ignorance must be bliss.
    1) – Reduce all pay levels, perks and conditions to the industry average for equivalent work.
    2) – Make all public servants personally civilly liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of personal nonfeasance (neglect of duty).
    3) – Make all public servants liable for criminal prosecution and personally civilly liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of personal misfeasance or malfeasance, including collusion.

    1. better than the current arrangement – pay rise by ministerial decree of no more than 2%, oh, but, wait, the minister says it should should be productivity (she can’t make up her mind). But you would be paying a lot more for many in the service. Care to manage a department of thousands with greater scrutiny than any firm for only $600k?
    2. they can already be sacked, fined and jailed
    3. they can already be sacked, fined and jailed

  81. Squirrel

    Summon up and let loose the inner Urquhart/Underwood – some worthwhile things might happen, and it will be so much more entertaining than all the cuddly PC stuff and caressing of touch screens.

  82. strange

    He has to read the Cat, every day, and incorporate at least 30% of the wisdom therein into his agile and innovative policy.
    That would leave him with a blank piece of paper.

  83. thefrolickingmole

    strange

    You have no fucking idea at all you rakeist assclown.

    Seriously heares a handful.
    Dads caryard, 3 months work which cut his yard off from all traffic (planned) lasted 8 months and sunk him.
    Applied for a lease on a foreshore area rejected “we wont be doing anything like that there ever”! A year later a near identical proposal is approved with the council having the gall to say in the paper “no-one else asked”.
    Rental business, suddenly having to comply with ASIC regulations while simultaneously granting the franchisor the ability to remove property rights (which didnt exist before) which they promptly used on 3 franchisees.

    I have much, much more, thats about 1/2 of my own joy of government fuckery, no one is responsible though.

  84. Honeybadger

    Stop kowtowing to islam!

  85. Grigory M

    He has to walk on water, unaided, from Point Piper to North Head. Failing that, he should go diving at Cheviot Beach, alone.

  86. strange

    He has to walk on water, unaided, from Point Piper to North Head. Failing that, he should go diving at Cheviot Beach, alone.

    Ha, ha. +1

  87. Sorry Philippa, I tried but can’t. My opinion has not changed since 16 Oct 2015 but has extended to the entire Liberal Party. It’s dead and doesn’t know it.

    I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air. Margaret Thatcher

  88. I tend to agree once more, Riccardo. But I really want to get this down on paper – or electrons, as the case may be.

    Are we giving the Turncoat an unachieveable shopping list?

    Did we do the same to T Abbott Esq?

    Will Sinc rush in and say yes, we expect too much, and that we should be content that Turncoat is not actually extracting the oath of obedience at swordpoint and ravishing our daughters?

    Only the Shadow knows.

  89. a reader

    1. Repeal 18c
    2. Repeal anti-discrimination legislation
    3. Sack all of the Human Rights Commission
    4. Delete the federal health & Education portfolios. The feds don’t own a school or hospital so they don’t need people.
    5. Outsource medicare payments
    6. Introduce $7 medicare co-payments
    7. Reintroduce knights & dames and do it to such an extent that it is undoable
    8. Promote Tony Abbott to deputy Liberal leader
    9. Promote Andrew Hastie, Craig Kelly, Christian Porter & Angus Taylor
    10. Sack Natasha Spot Destroyer
    11. Actively voice concerns over anti-semitism in the UN and give an ultimatum. It stops or Australia stops funding all UN programmes
    12. Change foreign aid to help our closest allies not those we’re using to suck up to others
    13. Establish a free trade community between the major anglosphere countries (UK, AU, NZ, CAN, USA)
    14. Kill off the F-35 programme and buy cheaper more capable aircraft
    15. Stop trying to suck up to mainland Tasmania (don’t care if Pyne loses out) and buy off the shelf Japanese submarines.

  90. 2. they can already be sacked, fined and jailed

    Bullsh1t, and

    3. they can already be sacked, fined and jailed

    Bullsh1t.

    2) – If a public servant neglects to process some paperwork correctly, or even at all (misfeasance), and you end up $50,000.00 out of pocket, there is only the remotest chance of them being sacked, and none whatsoever of them being fined or jailed – it simply isn’t illegal.

    3) – If another public servant or group of public servants actively engage in hiding the first public servant’s misfeasance (malfeasance), and you end $50,000.00 out of pocket, there is only the remotest chance of them being sacked, and none whatsoever of them being fined or jailed – it simply isn’t illegal.

    In both cases there is no chance of suing the culprits for your loss – they are actually legally protected from such action. You could try suing the Commonwealth directly, but they will fight it to the highest court available as a matter of course, using unlimited taxpayer funds. Then, even if you do win, you will be reimbursed by the taxpayer, not the wrongdoer.

  91. Robber Baron

    I want Maol to publicly forgive Godwin Grech.

    I want him to repeat the slogan “Make Australia Great Again” at the beginning and the end of every public utterance he makes.

    Maol…it’s over to you!

  92. I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air. Margaret Thatcher

    Love your work, Riccardo.

  93. Leo G

    So he has until 15 September 2017 to demonstrate that he really is a potentially great Prime Minister.

    So your current expectation is that by 15 September 2017 the Prime Minister should be able to demonstrate whether he has the potential to be a great Prime Minister at some unspecified future date.
    Surely, such a “demonstration” of actions and achievements will be like the role-playing spirits of Prospero’s pageant in Tempest, or Russian dolls in a disappearing Chinese box- “such stuff as dreams are made on”.

  94. Leon L

    The budget needs to be in surplus and all the federal debt paid off within 7 years.
    Anything less is a fail.
    All the other criteria are secondary.

  95. .

    7. Reintroduce knights & dames and do it to such an extent that it is undoable

    Knights and dames, along with the ‘Ostrayan of da yere’ are sickening pukefests.

  96. a reader

    7. Reintroduce knights & dames and do it to such an extent that it is undoable

    Knights and dames, along with the ‘Ostrayan of da yere’ are sickening pukefests.

    That may well be the case but knights/dames pisses off lefties. For that reason alone it is worth it.

  97. min

    My first close encounter with Malcolm was when HIH went bust and I had to take out another professional Indemnity insurance. I then watched him when he entered Parliament.
    I am familiar with DSM V and trained in the USA in personality Disorders, Diagnosis and Treatment many years ago.
    Last year on the way to Europe I had an interesting discussion with a retired University Vice Chancellor the day after Abbott’s demise. What we discussed was virtually the content of the unauthorised Biograpphy that was published weeks later. He knew Brendan Nelson well and confirmed that Nelson had made the same diagnosis of Malcolm as I had, I believe he has mother abandonment issues as well.
    Catalyst had a programme which is still available on the net on the Corporate Pyschopath based on Professor Robert Hare and Dr Biak ‘s research. Have fun checking off the characteristics.
    As was said earlier the leopard cannot change its spots ,they just may fade slightly. How long will he last will depend how long before Libs wake up.

  98. Motelier

    Are we giving the Turncoat an unachieveable shopping list?

    Did we do the same to T Abbott Esq?

    Well we all voted T Abbott Esq in to fix “The Budget Emergency”. How did that go? Oh yes, the whole bunch on the Treasury Benches squibbed and lost the will to fight.

    In the years since P Costello handed down his last budget we have had an explosion in our nations income through the RGR years. Remember Shane Wand? The “surpluses” he annouced on Budget night are the stuff of legend around here.

    Even though national income was exploding through the roof, Treasury got the figures wrong. Rudd then Gillard used those figures to go on an spending spree that the nation has no chance of paying off with the minefields left in the forward estimates.

    I said upthread the measure of MT’s success will be the Treasurer standing up on budget night saying “The Budget surplus we achieved last year was a product of hard work by all members of the LNP”.

    To achieve that every piece of legislation passed during the RGR years should be pull now.

    If he does that then he will be a success. I do not see that happening.

  99. Andysaurus

    I missed a few in my hurry.
    10. Celebrate Western (including Australian) culture and achievement.
    11. Stop sucking up to people who want to kill us and will never assimilate our values.
    12. Stop the long march through the institutions, especially academe.
    13. Sell of the ABC.
    14. Royal commission into AGW, chaired by Jo Nova.

  100. .

    Catalyst had a programme which is still available on the net on the Corporate Pyschopath based on Professor Robert Hare and Dr Biak ‘s research.

    Come on. This left wing canard?

  101. Nanuestalker

    This is the most exciting time to be alive and there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian. We are sitting on the hip of the potentially greatest PM eva!, witnessing history being made by the potentially greatest PM eva!

    You guys are just being too cynical. 🙁

  102. Rabz

    Sell off the ABC.

    Oh, FFS, to paraphrase Bananaby, “who in their right minds would buy it?”

    Just shut it down and fire them all.

    Which of course the Waffler would never do, because he just lerves his ALPBC.

    So much so, that idiot Abbott made the waffling windbag minister for it.

  103. strange

    Memory vault, you simply don’t know what you are talking about.

    Public Service Act 1999:
    (1) An Agency Head may impose the following sanctions on an APS employee in the Agency who is found (under procedures established under subsection (3) of this section or subsection 41B(3) or 50A(2)) to have breached the Code of Conduct:

    (a) termination of employment;

    (b) reduction in classification;

    (c) re-assignment of duties;

    (d) reduction in salary;

    (e) deductions from salary, by way of fine;

    (f) a reprimand.

    APS employees (you cite council employees, another matter ) are also subject to the Crimes Act 1914 where criminal penalties can be imposed – think whistle blowers.

  104. strange

    Oh, FFS, to paraphrase Bananaby, “who in their right minds would buy it?”
    Well Barking Barnaby is a complete dill. Perhaps he could sell it to me? I also have a bridge for sale.

  105. Rabz

    I’ll happily sell it to you, you fucking moron.

  106. strange

    In the years since P Costello handed down his last budget we have had an explosion in our nations income through the RGR years. Income???? We have had a collapse in receipts!! Anyhow, lazy Peter Costello (who didn’t have the balls to roll Howard) had it easy with mining receipts flowing in and middle class vote buying expenditure going out. WORST TREASURER EVER.

  107. strange

    Rabz – good to see you insightful, incisive analysis at work again. FUCKTARD.

  108. Rabz

    As opposed to yours, you drooling fucking cretin?

    Why are still hanging around around here spudpeeler, you syphlitic ol’ knobgobbler?

    You truly are pathetic.

  109. strange

    Rabz – stop channeling your inner desires on this site – pervert. At least I can string a sentence together. Yours are incoherent ramblings, virtual digital dribbling.

  110. Gab

    Excellent post, Philippa.

  111. Gab

    Rabz, just ignore “strange” aka “1234”. It does not deserve your time or your attention.

  112. strange

    Gab, unfortunately Rabz doesn’t now how to argue. Didn’t to that stage of development I suppose.

  113. strange

    Nice line in abuse though. Ha, ha , ha.

  114. strange

    Why should I care. I’m just here for the laughs.

  115. Mique

    Just one: On the closing date, in the main polls, be substantially ahead of the Opposition Leader as preferred Prime Minister.

  116. Stimpson J. Cat

    We will give Malcolm Turnbull precisely the same amount of time Tony Abbott was given in the top job to demonstrate his potential greatness.

    It’s not about greatness.
    It’s about core and non-core promises.

  117. Andysaurus

    strange
    #2089001, posted on July 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm
    Gab, unfortunately Rabz doesn’t now how to argue. Didn’t to that stage of development I suppose.

    Maybe Rabz then how to argue. At least he can spell, can write English and isn’t an f-wit. If you are going to dangle your incompetence and lack of IQ here, you might get your daddy to check your grammar and spelling. To be fair, I suppose you do well for a 9 year old.

  118. Memory vault, you simply don’t know what you are talking about.

    Nice try at misdirection, Strange. But nothing in your link to suggest a member of the public (eg a taxpayer who has suffered a financial loss or damages), can initiate either civil or criminal proceedings against a public servant, or recover financial losses or damages against said public servant.

    Yeah, the Head of a Department theoretically can sack or demote a person for a variety of “offences” but even then it offers no legal comeback to the aggrieved party. Besides, it almost never happens.

    Epic fail. Try again.

  119. custard

    Is it any wonder I chose Philippa to write my election statement!

    Brilliant stuff P.

  120. Art Vandelay

    I’ll judge him a success if he delivers on this promise:

    This will be a thoroughly liberal government. It will be a thoroughly liberal government committed to freedom, the individual and the market.

    He’s not doing particularly well so far. I can’t think of a single policy from his ‘team’ that is faithful to it.

  121. Bruce in WA

    Philippa, you make me proud to be a Sandgroper!

  122. Old School Conservative

    A great concept Phillipa.
    You have uncovered the key behind Turnbull’s unpopularity and poor performance. Abbott had runs on the board as Opposition Leader before the people voted his party into a commanding victory in 2013.
    Turnbull only has a future based on his promises. He has no history of political achievements, just a record of losing a large HoR majority.

  123. harry buttle

    His resignation and suicide would just about do it for me.

  124. classical_hero

    I don’t have a list since he won’t get anywhere close to fulfilling it. But I’m interested in Sinclair’s list.

  125. whalehunt fun

    Repeal 18c.
    Defund the ABC and SBS instantly and without arning, leaving the staff starving in the gutter where they belong.
    Privatise Medicare.
    Buy nuclear submarines.
    Develop long range ballistic missiles capable of dispersing payloads of long lived radioisotopes as clouds of fine dust…. basically long range dirty bombs. …. over cities.
    Build nuclear power stations in Canberra, Hobart and Adelaide.
    Build the Franklin Dam and submerge Bob Brown or whatever is left of him.
    Criminalise the generation of electricity from any source other than coal and Uranium.

  126. James Hargrave

    On the personality front, surely Malvolio is simply another St Gough: outsize ego, wonderful organisational skills, good with people, comes with his own groupies/claque (found more extensively in the ‘media’ than in his own party), etc., etc.

    Whalehunt fun: but you are buying nuclear submarines, just with the nuclear bits removed and cutting-edge diesel technology installed (sound of head banging nearest hard surface). Though from what the former Minister of Defence said (truthfully) about the capabilities of the SA shipbuilders, perhaps better not let them anywhere near a reactor.

  127. serene tiger

    He pulls stunts on public transport – all I want him to do is stand on the railway line and greet the incoming train.

  128. Slayer of Memes

    I don’t have a list since he won’t get anywhere close to fulfilling it. But I’m interested in Sinclair’s list.

    Quite so.

    And the Doomlord has been conspicuously silent on this matter. Does he have a list of things that he would like Mal to actually do to ‘become a great PM’ or is it, as with many other theoretical academics of his ilk, all down to ‘the vibe’ as viewed through the rose-coloured glasses of optimism with the 20-20 vision of hindsight?

    (I’m prepared to put money on the latter, as opposed to the former…)

  129. A Lurker

    What actions and achievements would Cats accept as evidence that Malcolm Turnbull is a potentially great Prime Minister? He has already had 301 days in the job; he has 430 days left.

    Late to the list but here is the evidence that I would need:

    Repealing of S18C
    The formal addition of free speech provisions into our Constitution.
    Tightening of our borders.
    Removing Australia from the UN.
    Scrapping the Human Rights Council of Australia.
    Public acknowledgement of the civilizational threat that is Islam.
    Forcing the ABC to adhere to its charter otherwise loss or reduction of its budget.
    A Royal Commission into Climate Change Science.
    The abolition of Government involvement in marriage.
    The abolition of compulsory voting.
    The removal from Australian soil, of known terrorists or terrorist groups.
    Organising trade deals with Great Britain.

  130. Yes, silence from Sinc and aussiepundit.

    They aren’t prepared to commit to anything, because deep down they know they will be proven wrong.

    Much better to pretend to inside knowledge, and then nod wisely after the fact.

  131. Is it NO coincidence that the Canada, the UK, USA and AUST all seem to have puppets in kontrol?

  132. Tom

    Yes, silence from Sinc and aussiepundit.

    Telling.

  133. Andysaurus

    Ezekiel
    #2089320, posted on July 13, 2016 at 11:14 am
    Is it NO coincidence that the Canada, the UK, USA and AUST all seem to have puppets in kontrol?

    Let’s hope Theresa May shows more spine. Speaking of puppets and Billy-boy demanding openness from Libs and Nationals over their discussions. I am in favour, so long as he is open about his dealing with the unions. Why didn’t the media say this?

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